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Arcade Heroes Week-in-Review Podcast Ep. 2 – Terminator Salvation, console ports, new Sega hardware rumor, Robo-Basho loc test and more

June 22, 2009

Another week has passed and here is another podcast reviewing what went on throughout the week but discussing the topics in more detail where possible. On top of several topics which you have arleady read about, from Arcaderepairtips.com to Terminator Salvation on location test, I also discuss a new rumor regarding the next piece of arcade hardware after Ringedge that I have heard about and I also detail the current location test of a robotic coin-op game that we have discussed before known as Robo-Basho.

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Robo-Basho gets an upgrade, now testing in the Chicago area

March 26, 2009

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In lieu of the robotic arcade goodness I posted about the other day, I am happy to receive a tip about one of the games I mentioned in that post, Robo-Basho(tm), has been upgraded and is currently testing in the Chicago area. v2.0 of the game features several improvements over the previous version that had been tested about two years ago and if testing continues to go well, we have been told that Robotic Amusements (creators of Robo-Basho) hopes to have a release for the game in place soon. As such I will put Robo-Basho on the list of Upcoming Titles for 2009 and we will be sure to inform you about when it becomes available for purchase in the US and maybe even Europe.

Robo-Basho involves two player-controlled robots (instead of the three used int he previous version) that duel against each other in a battle where you attempt to knock the other player’s robot over. It is a form of robotic sumo wrestling you could call it and the robots can get back up by themselves once knocked over.  Gone from V1.0 of Robo Basho is the rising platform and the console-like controllers – in are more arcade-like controls (which have been fine tuned to be more precise and simplified for players so that even small children can enjoy the game), better reliability, a big LCD screen for the scoreboard and a lower price. Check out the very short videos below for a better idea of what to expect.

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The Stinger looks at Robotic Amusement devices in '08 (video included)

January 12, 2008

One of the more recent Stinger Reports (1/7/08 to be exact and yes I’m a couple of days late) took a look at the exciting application of robots and coin-op amusement. A while back when IAAPA came around we reported about a coin-op title called SlamBot where two players battled it out with two robots in defending certain buttons in an enclosed cabinet but it looks like SlamBot is not the only operation on the block vying for some well-deserved attention in the arcade sector. [Slambot Website]

One of these that the Stinger mentions is Robo-Basho by Robotic Amusements. The cabinet seems to share some similarities in design with SlamBots but the difference is obvious with the game itself. Robo-Basho is essentially robotic sumo wrestling. There are three robots encased in the chamber and up to three players attempt to push their opponents robot off of the raised platform. If a robot is knocked over, they push themselves up correctly and are ready to go at it again. The robots are controlled by some very game console-like dual analog controllers but what is not clear is how they are powered and how they recharge. There is a video of Robo-Basho after the break! [Robotic Amusements Website]

Out of Europe is a coin-operated version of football/soccer called RoboSoccer. It also features a self-contained system where four players can play a game of soccer by using robots. It is rather large and thus meant for large venues but as it does not require n operator for use, it has automatic appeal for football/soccer fans as well as robot fans that may not have the resources to build their own robot soccer arena. [RoboSoccer Website]

It doesn’t take a lot of explanation to convince an operator the benefit of robotics on the coin-op scene – it’s cool, it’s an instant attraction, systems I’ve seen are relatively cheap and there is no way you can get this on your home console system. But one thing that does need to be addresses is maintenance. If a robot stops working, can a standard tech handle it? Is there a long warranty on these games? Do they break often? We’ll try and find out more and bring you the latest on the robotic coin-op scene, including some more information on SlamBot.

Hit the post break below for the promo video of Robo-Basho!

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The Stinger looks at Robotic Amusement devices in ’08 (video included)

January 12, 2008

One of the more recent Stinger Reports (1/7/08 to be exact and yes I’m a couple of days late) took a look at the exciting application of robots and coin-op amusement. A while back when IAAPA came around we reported about a coin-op title called SlamBot where two players battled it out with two robots in defending certain buttons in an enclosed cabinet but it looks like SlamBot is not the only operation on the block vying for some well-deserved attention in the arcade sector. [Slambot Website]

One of these that the Stinger mentions is Robo-Basho by Robotic Amusements. The cabinet seems to share some similarities in design with SlamBots but the difference is obvious with the game itself. Robo-Basho is essentially robotic sumo wrestling. There are three robots encased in the chamber and up to three players attempt to push their opponents robot off of the raised platform. If a robot is knocked over, they push themselves up correctly and are ready to go at it again. The robots are controlled by some very game console-like dual analog controllers but what is not clear is how they are powered and how they recharge. There is a video of Robo-Basho after the break! [Robotic Amusements Website]

Out of Europe is a coin-operated version of football/soccer called RoboSoccer. It also features a self-contained system where four players can play a game of soccer by using robots. It is rather large and thus meant for large venues but as it does not require n operator for use, it has automatic appeal for football/soccer fans as well as robot fans that may not have the resources to build their own robot soccer arena. [RoboSoccer Website]

It doesn’t take a lot of explanation to convince an operator the benefit of robotics on the coin-op scene – it’s cool, it’s an instant attraction, systems I’ve seen are relatively cheap and there is no way you can get this on your home console system. But one thing that does need to be addresses is maintenance. If a robot stops working, can a standard tech handle it? Is there a long warranty on these games? Do they break often? We’ll try and find out more and bring you the latest on the robotic coin-op scene, including some more information on SlamBot.

Hit the post break below for the promo video of Robo-Basho!

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